Muslims in America
Examining the Facts
by Craig Considine
July 2018, 226pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6053-9
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American Muslims have served in the US Armed Forces as far back as the Revolutionary War, when they fought in George Washington’s Continental Army.

This installment in the critically acclaimed Contemporary Debates series uses evidence-based documentation to provide a full and impartial examination of beliefs and claims made about Muslim individuals, families, and communities in the United States.

Muslims in America: Examining the Facts provides an objective overview of the realities and experiences of Muslims in the United States, both historically and in the present day, and of their relationship with their fellow Americans. It surveys the history of American Muslims’ settlement and integration into the United States; explores the dominant social, political, cultural, and economic characteristics of American Muslim families and communities; and studies the ways in which their experiences and beliefs intersect with various notions of American national identity. In the process, the book critically examines the more dominant social and political narratives and claims surrounding American Muslims and their religion of Islam, including false or malicious claims about their attitudes toward terrorism and other important issues. Muslims in America: Examining the Facts thus gives readers a clear and accurate understanding of the actual lives, actions, and beliefs of Muslim people in the United States.


  • Provides evidence-based information about American Muslims and their historical and current roles in American life and culture
  • Surveys and explains ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity among the US Muslim population
  • Offers an in-depth analysis of the dynamics of Islamophobia and its impact on American Muslims
  • Objectively examines claims that Muslims are "un-American" or potential threats to American national security and society
Dr. Craig Considine is a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent. His first book, Islam, Race, and Pluralism in the Pakistani Diaspora (2017, Routledge), explores the experiences of young Pakistani Muslim and non-Muslim men living in Boston, Massachusetts and Dublin, Ireland. Considine is known for his interfaith activism, his scholarship on Islam in the United States, and his research on Prophet Muhammad’s relations with Christians. He currently serves as a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at Rice University.


"With a straightforward format, and numerous leads to other useful information on the subject, this book will benefit many sorts of readers."—ARBA, February 4, 2019

“Craig Considine’s terrific new book, Muslims in America: Examining the Facts, is one of the most effective counterpunches to widespread misinformation about Islam and Muslims that I have read. It is accessible, timely, and well-researched, and should be a staple text for students, scholars, and those in the general public who have an interest in learning more about this oft-targeted religious group and their history in the United States. If I could recommend one book that counters stereotypes and presents indisputable and enlightening facts about Muslims, this would be it.” —Nathan Lean, Author of The Islamophobia Industry: How the Far Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims

“Craig Considine’s Muslims in America: Examining the Facts packs an information-powered punch that will send Islamophobes staggering. This short meticulously researched work answers over thirty important questions on subjects such as history, demographics, politics, Islamophobia, and American national identity. The greatest enemy of ignorance is knowledge. Fear and hatred are finally forced to face the facts.” —Dr. John Andrew Morrow, Author of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World

"Craig Considine has emerged into one of the most poignant and potent voices examining Islam and Muslims in America today, and his rise comes during a moment when his work and insight is most needed. A scholar whose word resonates far beyond academe, Considine’s Muslims in America-Examining the Facts manifests a commitment to intellectual production intended to not only defy and dismantle stereotypes about Islam and Muslims, but also inspire new understandings that confront the menacing front of misrepresentations and bigotry rising to the fore today. This will be a go-to resource for many years to come."—Khaled A. Beydoun, Professor of Law and Author of American Islamophobia: Understanding the Roots and Rise of Fear

Muslims in America: Examining the Facts will be a go-to resource for many years to come, and a book that will retrench many of the most damaging misperceptions and misrepresentations branded upon American Muslims. Dr. Craig Considine has emerged into one of the most poignant and potent voices examining Muslims in America today, and his rise comes during a moment when his work and insight is most needed. His book will inspire a new generation of thinkers and students to engage with issues germane to American Muslims with a spirit of objectivity that eludes their predecessors. Considine delivers and does not disappoint.”—Khaled A. Beydoun, Law professor and Author of American Islamophobia: Understanding the Rise and Roots of Fear

Contemporary Debates

Each title in the Contemporary Debates series examines the veracity of controversial claims or beliefs surrounding a major political/cultural issue in the United States. The purpose of the series is to give readers a clear and unbiased understanding of current issues by informing them about falsehoods, half-truths, and misconceptions—and confirming the factual validity of other assertions—that have gained traction in America's political and cultural discourse. Ultimately, this series gives readers the tools for a fuller understanding of controversial issues, policies, and laws that occupy center stage in American life and politics.
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